Located in Orange County, Calif., the Irvine Unified School District comprises a community of learners, committed to the highest quality educational experience. IUSD educates a diverse population of more than 30,000 K-12 students in 24 elementary schools, six middle schools, four comprehensive high schools and one continuation high school. A districtwide strategic plan outlines IUSD’s mission to enable all students to become contributing members of society, empowered with the skills, knowledge and values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world.
IUSD has nationally recognized schools; student performance well-above state and national comparisons; and comprehensive programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. Since becoming a unified district in 1972, Irvine's neighborhood schools have been a clear reflection of the neighborhoods they serve. Open enrollment policies, on a space-available basis, encourage and support parental choice. The contributions of creative site-based management teams, talented and caring teachers, involved parents, and supportive business and community leaders have, together, made a difference to a district where student achievement is the priority, where values are an integral part of the curriculum, and where a strategic plan for the future is in place.
Higher education opportunities are also readily available for students who leave our care. The University of California, Irvine is a conveniently located university campus. UCI and the Irvine Unified School District enjoy a long-standing and mutually beneficial, collaborative working relationship. In addition, Irvine Valley College is centrally located and provides a highly-respected two-year community college program. Satellite campuses for Pepperdine University and National University are also located within the City of Irvine, serving the residents of the community.
For a list of awards, honors and interesting facts about the Irvine Unified School District, click on the graphic to the right.
Irvine Unified by the Numbers
Number of Schools
Title I schools
Hispanic or Latino (any race)
White, not Hispanic
Multiple or no response
Approximately 12,260 students, or nearly 39 percent, have a primary language other than English. More than 5,300 students, or about 17 percent, are limited in their English proficiency.
IUSD has an annual budget of approximately $230 million, including restricted and unrestricted revenue. For more budget information, click here.
Directions to the District Office
From the San Diego (405) Freeway, heading southeast
Exit at Culver Drive and turn left. Travel north approximately one mile. Turn right on Barranca Parkway and proceed another mile to 5050 Barranca Parkway.
From the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, heading southeast
Exit at Culver Drive and turn right. Travel south approximately two miles. Turn left on Barranca Parkway and proceed about one mile to 5050 Barranca Parkway.
From the San Diego (405) Freeway, heading northwest
Exit at Jeffery Road and turn right. Head north approximately one mile. Turn left on Barranca Parkway and proceed about a half-mile to 5050 Barranca Parkway.